Apollo Poetry

Apollo Poetry performing, 2008. Photo by Mahratray. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Sevan Aydinian
Born November 14, 1983(1983-Template:MONTHNUMBER-14)
Jerusalem, Israel
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
Nationality Armenian
Other names M.C. Apollo, Apollo Poetry, The Traveling Poet
Ethnicity Armenian
Occupation spoken word poet and hip hop artist
Known for Traveling Poet Project,
Featured on MTV,
Performed at the Billboard Awards

Sevan Aydinian (born November 14, 1983) is an Armenian-American poet, musician, and filmmaker who performs as “Apollo Poetry.”

Life Edit

Overview Edit

Aydinian's poetry performances have been broadcast through a wide variety of media outlets including MTV's True Life,[1] Source Magazine's Unsigned Hype and Showtime at the Apollo. As founder of The Traveling Poet Project he has performed in hospitals, schools and homeless shelters across the United States.



Apollo was born in 1983 in Jerusalem, Israel, to Armenian parents. When he was 2, the family emigrated to Bergen county, New Jersey, his father opening a jewelry store in New York City.

Apollo wrote his earliest poem at age 9,[2] and at the start of his teens began performing at local and school-based poetry shows. In 1995 his sister Taline was born.

When financial hardships hit the family in 1999, Apollo dropped out of school to pursue his career full time.


His initial national exposure came when he performed in 1999 on Showtime at the Apollo.[3] Subsequent high-profile performances included appearances on HOT 97, Z100 and Metro Channel.

When the family moved to Phoenix, AZ, Apollo retained his connections to the East Coast hip-hop and spoken word community, winning Source Magazine’s Unsigned Hype Contest[4], MTV2’s On The Rise contest[5], and appearing on the MTV show True Life[6].

His appearance on MTV led to his being offered a recording contract with Warner/Beatlocker Records. His debut album was recorded at Saltmine Studios in Mesa, AZ.[7] While in the studio his work caught the attention of rapper and producer Swizz Beats. Apollo performed later that year on both the Pitbull and Pussycat Dolls national tours. After being featured in Vibe magazine, Apollo was invited to perform at the 2007 Billboard Hiphop Awards.[8]

Apollo has opened up for Saul Williams, and represented Arizona in the National Poetry Slam[9]. He is featured in the Homestead Review, and is a 2-time presenter at the UCSB Lecture Series.[10] In the spring of 2012 Apollo was cast in the premier season of ABC TV’s new reality show Glass House.[11]

The Traveling PoetEdit

In 2009, Apollo started The Traveling Poet project, his goal being to travel around the world and promote education, culture, and peace. Through the project he has traveled to almost all of the fifty U.S. states with plans to take the tour worldwide.[12] The Traveling Poet project has garnered sponsorships from numerous organizations and companies including DiscMakers, LaraBar, Raw Revolution, UliMana, and Inkless Magazine, and has been covered by a wide variety of media outlets including Green Lifestyles Magazine, Indie Travel Podcast and Matador Nights.[13] Apollo continued The Traveling Poet Project throughout 2009, speaking at high schools and colleges including UCSB and ASU.[14]

Recognition Edit

Aydinian has been an official speaker for international organizations such as AYUSA,[15] Peace on Earth Day,[16] Invisible Children[17] and The Department of Peace

He is the recipient of a Presidential Point of Light Award.[18]


Breathing In (Love) by Apollo Poetry

Breathing In (Love) by Apollo Poetry

  • The Travelling Soul: A road to self-discovery. CreateSpace, 2014.[19]

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